Mykola Karpyuk and Volodymyr Balukh have signed a Memorandum on cooperation in prevention of torture in prisons with Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova. Ombudsman reported this on her Telegram channel.
“During the signing ceremony, I thanked them for the wiliness to cooperate and join forces to protect rights of our citizens in the frameworks of implementation of national prevention mechanism,” Denisova wrote.
Mykola Karpyuk and Volodymyr Balukh suffered tortures during imprisonment in Russia. They have been held captive for a long time and returned on Sepember 7, 2019.
However, after returning, they did not stop their public activities and on November 21 they became members of the board of the newly-created center for torture prevention.
Mykola Karpyuk is now heading Ukrainian Center for Torture Prevention organization and Denisova will soon sign an order on his appointment as a member of Expert Council of Ombudsman of Ukraine.
Volodymyr Balukh will soon join the Coordination Council on the implementation of national prevention mechanism of Ombudsman of Ukraine.
It is noted that Denisova with the activists will pay their first monitoring visit to Lukyanivska Prison. Earlier, some problems were detected there, so the public activists will inspect their removal.